Starkweather Stout | Liberty Street Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Liberty Street Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
libertystreetbeer.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as LS Foreign Extra Stout.

Added by nickadams2 on 07-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
Wants:
1
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4
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/19/2015. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, slight dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, slight dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness than increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Foreign stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on to style expectations.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Liberty Street's Starkweather Stout a couple weeks ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've tried this beer a couple times, but since this is the first time that Liberty Street has distributed bottles of it I thought I would give it another try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that took on a crimson hue when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left a slight amount of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but the lacing wasn't that great.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight lactose like aroma to it followed by some dark roasted malts that impart a pretty big chocolate aroma with a stale malt aroma in the background. Up next comes some light cardboard like aromas followed by some light plastic like aromas. The malty aromas were decent, but there were too many off aromas.

T- The taste seems to be not real similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a loads of dark malts that impart a really chocolate and cocoa powder like aroma. Up next comes some fruity yeast that works surprisingly well with the other flavors and on the finish there's a slightly higher amount of low bitterness with a chocolate and slightly nutty aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, I liked the chocolate like aspect.

M- Smooth, a little dry, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation that was prickly. The mouthfeel that great, it's needs to be a little thicker and a lot less carbonated.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and it's a pretty average example of the style, underneath all those unwanted aspects this beer was nice beer, but it could be much better. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth and the flavor held me attention for the time being, but i think the mouthfeel would really start to wear on me if I drank multiples, so one is enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was taste, it was nice and thankfully it didn't have any off aspects that the aroma had. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma and mouthfeel, they really hurt this beer. I might get this again if I knew it was really fresh, it would be nice to know what if it still has those off aspects if it's really fresh. I'm not sure if I would recommend this beer, but I don't see myself telling my friends to pick it up anytime soon. All in all I thought this was decent, it tasted nice but the aroma and mouthfeel still need some major work. Better lunk next time guys.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The looks seems to fluctuate a bit. It looks thin on the pour but settles with a good strength and is almost as dark as it gets. It appears spritzy but ends up growing quite a large medium brown head that settles to a creamy and thick finger, resting at that height for the rest of the session. It leaves some good patching behind.
The first whiff is something odd, almost vegetal. That seems to disappear with a little time, then I get tang and a somewhat nondescript malt. A hint of roast or char show up initially, but every sniff after gives off a strange note almost of burnt apples. It almost works, but it's off a bit.
The taste works pretty well. It's pretty much straight up roasty malt, dry with a hint of woodiness, just a little char to it. There may be just a slight floral bitterness, which adds a touch of balance. There's a vague note of tang, but it's not strong.
The body is firm, and the carbonation isn't too terribly heavy, but it's too strongly crisp overall, nearly spritzy. It runs fairly dry all the way through.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tectactoe
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Liberty Street brewery. Pours a deep, black color - very dark, only showing some dark brown and ruby highlights at the edges. Identical to the Berry Vanilla version in appearance. The tan, fine-bubbled head perches softly on top of the brew. Again, based off of the Berry Vanilla version, the nice lacing left behind was no surprise.

The aroma is largely roasted; thick and malty, and quite surprisingly robust up front for only a 5.9% ABV stout. Light cocoa powder is dashed around the edges with a mild stamping of fudge that creeps in. The chocolate aspect is more of a sweet and milky, rather than a dark and bitter type. The tail end actually contains a faint saltiness. Not as unpleasant as it sounds, though - it actually adds a slight element of complexity. Not picking up much coffee, if any, but there is a small helping of hops that lend a tiny herbal essence to the aroma.

A nice river of roasted malts lead the pack of the flavor profile - no surprise given their commanding efforts in the aroma. Starkweather Stout actually packs a solid bitter punch from the heaviness of the roast. Burnt coffee beans join the flavor profile pretty quickly; kind of shocking how I wasn't getting much coffee in the aroma, but it seems to be such a large proponent of the taste. Some light cocoa powder and chocolate nibs sit in the background and remain pretty far from the forefront. The aftertaste leaves your mouth with the taste of spent coffee beans and a decadent, yet aggressive, roasted malt flavor with a mild, lasting bitterness. Medium bodied, but a bit thinner than I like my stouts; decent carbonation and a silky, wet mouth feel.

Pretty good stout - I like the heavy roast, although a little bit more sweetness to balance wouldn't have hurt it. I think I liked the Berry Vanilla take on this one just a touch more, but then again, I'm a blueberry and vanilla whore, so maybe it's not a fair comparison. I'd really like to see Liberty Street bottle this one, I think it would do well as one of their "staples".

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.89/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Bottled 020514 at 40 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt
Head large (5.5 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing fair – small islands of mostly small bubbles, some atolls
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with roast malt bitterness with some chocolate highlights; ends with chalky mouth feel; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; no stout sweetness at all.
Palate medium, watery, fizzy carbonation

Not a particularly good stout – the bitterness and chalky aftertaste definitely detract from the enjoyment for me, as does the wateriness. The lack of any initial sweetness typical of the export-style stouts is disappointing.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single of this as part of a fourpack I made at some beer store in Northville that I can't think of the name of... got this along with Stone Saison, and a pair of beers I've had before, Victory DirtWolf and Short's Huma Lupa Licious.

Appearance: Black with a sort of soapy and creamy head. Poured into the glass semi-aggressively and it all poured in perfectly with that nice pillowy head on it. Tons of lacing as I made my way down the glass as well.

Smell: Smoke, coffee/roastiness, and also some chocolate. Mostly the usual suspects, but this one has a smokier quality than most "standard" stouts do, I'd say.

Taste/feel: I was told it was smokey tasting, and it definitely is -- a smoke/ash flavor coupled with coffee. There's also a kind of cocoa flavor in there as well, and maaaaybe dark fruits a touch as it warms up, to add complexity and a little sweetness. The feel isn't great, but it does make this beer drinkable. Personally, I'd call this Starkweather Porter, simply because it's a little on the thin side.

Stout/porter... whatever. This is a good one from Liberty Street. Not exactly a top-tier sort of stout, but it has some nice flavor, a bit of complexity, and it's reasonably priced. If you like a bit of smoke in your stouts, try this one out.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Raime
2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Tbone2131
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkazemi
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TypsiYpsi
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of chewy6935
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Starkweather Stout from Liberty Street Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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